Vermona DRM-1

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Attention analog freaks!! The Vermona DRM-1 is a true analog drum synthesizer. You can synthesize up to eight drum sounds and they can be triggered by MIDI and by an optional set of 10 Trigger Inputs. Each sound has about 9 knobs for shaping the sound. And since it really is analog (and not some virtual emulation) the sounds are more unique and unpredictable than any other electronic drum synths currently available.

With eight drum sounds and nine knobs per sound, the face of the DRM-1 is covered with over 72 knobs! The drum synthesis theory is based around five predetermined percussive sound types. There are three DRUM channels for creating bass drums, toms and numerous effect sounds. One MULTI channel for creating typical analog Cowbell sounds and effect sounds. One SNARE channel, which can generate numerous analog snare drums as well as wacky sonar pings. Two HI HAT channels (open or closed), and one analog CLAP channel. There are seven real-time sound controls plus panning and volume on each channel.

Vermona DRM-1 mkIII Image

It has a stereo output but each channel also has its own audio output which doubles as an insert patch for externally processing each channel before reaching its main stereo mix outputs. A big unfortunate over-sight is the lack of program patch memory. With all those knobs it sure would be nice for some sort of instant recall of your favorite drum sound settings. The front panel tilts so the DRM-1 is at home rack-mounted or as a tabletop module. Anyone interested in creating their own unique ANALOG drum sounds should check out the DRM-1! It makes a great companion to the Vermona Perfourmer Analog Synthesizer module. The original DRM-1 is gold and was released by Touched By Sound while the DRM-1 mkII from Vermona was blue or silver and the DRM-1 mkIII (pictured) has colored knobs.

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16 Visitor comments
February 16, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
Great machine! I throw my machinedrum away and bought this brilliant device! And I'm happy with DRM
September 2, 2010 @ 7:58 pm
The DRM1 MKII is hands down my favorite drum machine. So many sounds and styles to be programmed! I have a feeling this will go down in history as one of THE drum machines ;)
July 4, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
I want to buy this toy , i really heard some nice rumours about it , but i also head that it doesn't have an sequencer , what machines do you fully approve and support for a nice sequencing in combination with this marvel toy ?
ontopic : I have heard the vermona mark 3 at a friend and makes some nice sounds , from kicks to claps and also glitchy sounds and "pic-pocs" and all sort of other sounds you can;t imagine . great machine !
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December 7, 2009 @ 3:02 am
I have a chrome / silver MK II and it makes a really beautiful clap sound, as well as some nice (and very bassy) kicks which you can run through the built in analogue distortion for a glitchier IDM sound. The lack of patch memories is a big fail and is the only reason I haven't used it live so far. All in all, the DRM-1 offers instantly tweakable analogue loveliness, but you will be forced to sample it if you want to build more than one drum kit.
April 9, 2009 @ 11:29 am
I have the mkIII and think its pretty great, though i always find the output of the clap is way too quiet compared to the rest of the drums. The kick drums can I always find the high hats to have a slightly annoying ring and I wish the hh channels or one was more crash like. Overall though this thing gets high marks for sound esp the kick, snare, clap and multi sounds
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Drum Tones
  • Oscillators - 8 (One per channel)
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - Available on some sounds/channels
  • VCA - Available on some sounds/channels
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/THRU (Optional 10 Standard Trigger Inputs for use with other analog gear)
  • Date Produced - 2001

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